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DPP legislators want Lin to stay

PARTY PIONEER DPP legislators expressed regret that former chairman Lin I-hsiung has said that he will leave the party, and urged party leaders to try to change his mind

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus expressed disappointment yesterday over a former chairman's announcement that he would withdraw from the party and called on the president and other party heavyweights to attempt to make him reverse his decision.

"He is a pillar of the party and mentor of our democratization effort," DPP caucus whip Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) said. "His intended departure is no less detrimental to the party than last year's `three-in-one' local elections."

Chen said he would like to see his caucus, the party, the Cabinet and the Presidential Office make a last-ditch effort to try to change Lin's mind.

Chen made the remarks in response to a statement issued by former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday morning.

Lin said in a letter that it would be meaningless for him to remain a DPP member because he has no intention of participating in party affairs nor was he willing to represent the party to run for any public position. He also blamed political feuds for causing social instability.

Lin will be the third DPP chairman to quit the party if his departure becomes a reality. Chen yesterday called on the party to thoroughly examine itself and find out why it is continuing to lose support.

"If Lin insists on leaving, his departure might be the last straw ... [and break] the party's deteriorating momentum," he said. "I hope he will remain."

DPP Legislator William Lai (賴清德), who also serves as the convener of the party's New Tide faction, expressed the same opinion, saying the party must make an all-out effort to keep Lin in its fold.

"His announcement signifies his deep disappointment over the political feuding," Lai said.

DPP Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), who is the convener of the Mainstream Alliance faction, said that it would be a big loss for the party if Lin left and he hoped Lin would remain. But he admitted that the chance of this was slim.

Another faction member, DPP Legislator Lin Kuo-ching (林國慶), said that he was sorry to see former DPP chairmen leave and called on the party to conduct a self-examination.

DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅), who is the legislative convener of the Welfare State faction, called on party heavyweights to persuade Lin to stay.

"If they fail, they should try to find out exactly what went wrong or I'm afraid Lin won't be the last party member to leave," he said.

Calling Lin an "absolutist" thinker, DPP Legislator Lin Chuo-shui (林濁水) said Lin's decision was not surprising and was understandable.

"Although I subscribe to some of his ideas, some are unfathomable to me and no one can predict what his plans ... are," he said. "I don't think I'm capable of commenting on someone who once made such a great contribution to the party and has such a unique way of thinking."

The Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus said that Lin's departure sends an alarming signal to the DPP and expressed hope that the administration would listen to the voice of the people more.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party caucuses said Lin's move was meant to show his disappointment in the president. They urged the DPP to consider adjusting the nation's path and ponder whether to continue to listening to Chen's voice only.

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